Getting the plumbing right is one of the most essential things in your construction or renovation project. Plumbing is a sector of activity that includes several works. It includes the water supply and heating system. In order to do your plumbing properly, should you do it yourself or hire a plumber?
It should be noted the installation of sanitary equipment and bathroom circuits. Moreover, the success of these works depends on a number of strict steps to be respected. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn more about plumbing.
1. Proceed to the establishment of the plan for your installation
The first step is to draw up a plan for your installation. This will allow you to overview all the work to be done and make a successful estimate. First, you need to draw the floor plan of the enclosure on paper. If it is a large space, you may want to use drawing software. This exercise will help identify the appropriate locations for the water meter. It is wise to place the water meter away from the electricity meter. In addition, it will allow you to know where the clean and wastewater pipes run.
2. Proceed with the installation of the water meter
At this second stage of successful plumbing, the work can begin. This is the installation of the water meter. The water meter is the most important part of the plumbing system. It is the device that allows you to connect to the communal drinking water distribution system. In addition, it allows you to detect your consumption.
Depending on its location, it may be called a general or sub-meter. The function remains the same, except that the sub-meter provides information on the consumption per dwelling for a group of dwellings. On the other hand, the general meter informs about the consumption of the whole.
3. Proceed to the pause of the tap
The tap consists of all the devices involved in the installation of a tap. You need to turn off the water supply for its installation and clean the pipes. After that, you need to install the pipes for the sanitary equipment. The standard requires a diameter of 12 mm for the sink and 10 mm respectively for the sink, bidet, and shower.
Note that you must install a general shut-off valve upstream of the water circuit. In general maintenance, it will allow for cutting off the water. In addition, do not forget to install a filter at each water inlet.
4. Proceed with the installation of the piping
The pipes are the main connection elements. In general, there are five types of the water inlet. One hot and one cold water inlet for the shower and sink. The last one is reserved for the toilet. Before any operation, the general shut-off valve must be closed. Then connect the pipes to the inlet pipes. In addition, do not forget the wastewater pipes. Technical specifications require a diameter between 100 mm and 125 mm for toilets. For sinks with a diameter of 32 mm and 50 mm for the shower.
5. Proceed to the installation of sanitary equipment
Finally, it remains only the installation of appliances and equipment that will use water. This is the washing machine, bathtub, bidets, sink, and toilet, to name a few. This last step to successful plumbing requires the intervention of a professional. You must call a plumber for an intervention.
Do I need a professional to do my plumbing?
After reviewing the five steps to successful plumbing, hiring a professional plumber is wise. Indeed, to succeed in each step, you need technical knowledge that you may not have. To make the plans of an installation, the use of software not being essential, the plumber would be the best placed to carry it out.
Moreover, the location of pipes and sanitary equipment follow pre-established standards. He will make sure that your installation respects the standards in force to save you from trouble by calling on him. In addition, the execution of certain steps requires practical skills and precise work tools. Even if you are a do-it-yourselfer, you will still need the intervention of a plumber.
Another reason to call a plumber is the time needed to complete the work. Indeed, the plumber will take less time to complete because he is experienced. In addition, he knows the specificities of the land and will be able to adapt. Moreover, you will be confronted with fewer breakdowns in the future.
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